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rubble. her school flattened. that going on right now as the death toll rises. obamacare is a disaster. it's a wreck. it's a train wreck and it's only getting worse. >> president trump pushing republicans to overhaul obamacare again as the senate plans for a vote as early as next week on this cassidy graham bill but does it have a chance? it appears it just may. good morning everyone and welcome to "early start." >> it is thursday, september 21, 4:00 in the east. 3:00 a.m. in mexico city. storm ravaged puerto rico. the power grid could be knocked out for months. officials say it could be months without power. at least one person killed by
debris. authorities say the number of casualties in some areas unknown. government completely disconnected with the south east part of the island. new aimages from the island of domenica. look at that. 14 people confirmed dead. hundreds of homes on the island simply flattened. the normally lush landscape, stripped bare. >> a grim scene as well in st. croix. president trump declaring a major disaster ordering federal aid. weal we'll begin in puerto rico where people are waking up this morning from the national weather service. quote, puerto rico completely under a flash flood warning. if possible, move to higher ground now. cnn's nick valencia.
>> reporter: good morning. communication a major issue. it could leave them without power for months. the weather is still a factor. you you can see the rain is falling, flash flood warning still in effect. one of the thing ing the governor was worried about was a potential for flooding. our news crew found out exactly why yesterday when we ventured in to get a better understanding. took us an hour and a half to go about 3 miles. the interstate near 26 to get out was blocked. swamp-like conditions, downed trees and power lines. making some roads completely impassable. there's also a curfew in effect from 6:00 p.m. that is expected to be lifted today at 6:00 a.m.
>> let's go now to our meteorologist pedram hojaviheri >>reporter: incredible to see this storm system what it's been able to do five hours over the mountains and comes out unscathed. the storm comes ashore and we know of the 22 weather stations in puerto rico, 21 knocked out of commission because of the r storm. we're seeing heavy rainfall right over the island made up of 60% of the land area being mountains. 115 miles per hour sustained winds. model guidance takes it very close to places such as turks and caicos, storm surge threat
there means water above dry ground as high as 12 feet expected. it could skirt east of the island but the reverse flow does bring the storm surge into the islands. i want to talk about something, because we know with jose, it is one of the longest living zms we've seen since 1980. going on 16 days this storm has kept its tropical characteristics. the reason i touch on this is because maria has the same sort of a track in potentially parking off the east coast. basically falling into the same trap which are the steering environments. european model in blue, american m in red. it's still meanders off the east coast line. it's sitting there, keeping it
unsettled, and of course producing heavy rainfall at times. >> bethink about those folks in puerto rico just devastating for those americans there. that's an economy that has been in recession for 11 years. a government with $70 billion in debt, the largest bankruptcy in history. it will be difficult for them to recover. our thoughts and prayers with em. let's talk about the hurricane also pummeling the eastern dominican republic. >>reporter: christine, just because we're close to its structure that's the reason we're not being prwhipped aroun by the wind. you can see the palm trees
splaying here all night. we do expect those winds to continue. right now the real threat are those wicked winds and -- rain will be a massive issue here according to authorities that have been keeping us -- all right. you see it's difficult with communications there. as you can see from the pictures, but we'll go back to paulo sandoval when we have a better connection. now to the tragedy in mexico following tuesday's 7.1 earth quake. government declaring three days of morning. more than 50 people rescued allowed. search teams digging through the elementary school where at least 21 children lost their lives. let's get more from mexico city.
>>reporter: dave and christine, the search for survivors inside that collapsed school building here in the heart of mexico city continues. you can see the volunteers surrounding this school bringing supplies that those rescue workers just a block away might need to get through the evening. also here moments like this when they urge everybody to be quiet so they can hear what is going on inside that rubble. i was up close to that building several hours ago early why he in the day. and it was amazing just to be that close. it really gives you the sense of just a profound impact and horrific scene it must be for those rescue workers crawling and channeling their way to get to the people they believe are still trapped alive inside that building. if they can pull somebody out alive it will be one of the few bright spots in this horrific tragedy that has hit this
country of mexico so strongly. a glimmer of hope to pull out a young child from here. this is definitely one of the stories that have impacted the people of the city and and around the world. >> thank you for that. rescue is ongoing. we're going to keep you up-to-date on that. breaking overnight another huge cyber attack on the u.s. financial system. the america's top market regulator says its corporate filing system was breached and the criminals may have profited from the stolen information. sec chairman jay clat to yton. something a flaw let hackers access inside that information. clayton says that may have allowed elicit gains through trading. the hack was in 2016 but the sce
only discovered last month. remember the credit agency equifax that recently announced its own breach? that exposed the data of more than 140 million americans. >> cyber security. it is really -- it is the wild west. it really is. le your information is everywhere. but sec hack is so troubling. traded on the stock exchange, they have to report every quarter to the sec. and they have a filing system. to imagine playing around edgar, hackers. it's that goes to the core of the capitalist democracy. ahead, republicans moving if you will steam ahead on their plan to overhaul obamacare, but the bill already facing fierce bipartisan. >> this is like the ping pong
president obama speaking out against the republicans' last-ditch effort to relace the affordable care act. mitch mcconnell is ready to bring the measure to the senate floor as early as next week despite pushbacks from four colleagues. senator john mccain, susan collins, all expressing concerns. if three of those four republicans vote no, the bill is dead. >> president trump mean while, firing up the twitter account targets senator rand paul. he's the most vocal critic. president tweeting rand paul is a friend of mine but such a
negative force when fixes health care. the white house is hoping senator graham's close relationship with senator mccain will help get the measure passed. the latest blue cross blue shield. american medical association, aarp and the american cancer society action network among the latest advocacy groups to reject this bill. we have more from capitol hill. >> reporter: here's what we know just nine days out now from when senate republicans have to pass a health care bill if they want to be able to do it with a simple majority vote. they don't have the votes yet but it doesn't mean they're not slightly ambitious. >> and we're going to take the bill up next week and to my republican colleagues, if it you got a better idea now es at
time. >> reporter: it did say it is his intention to hold a vote next week. that's about all the time they have left. at the big question is can they get those senators who are undecided on board. at least more than two of them at this point. senator john mccain, lisa murkowski. for john mccain it's always been the same thing. process. senator republicans kind of went out of their way to schedule a hearing for next week. spoke to mccain and he made clear it's not the process. he's talking about hearing, conference. when it comes to lisa murkowski, all about the data. they want to make sure she knows they're willing to do whatever they can do get her on board. whatever the state of alaska needs, in terms of how that money would be paid out. whether or not any can answer the concerns of those two senators will dictate whether there's a vote and this passes.
>> thank you for that. president trump has a jam-packed schedule today meting with the leaders of turkey and south carolina the press tweeting he would not sign graham/cassidy if did not concern preexisting conditions. >> here's the problem. the president just might be wrong. this plan lets states wave several key barack obama protections. they could allow carriers to charge people more based on the medical history. here's the latest from cnn reporter. >> reporter: president trump has finished his visit to the united natio nations. he was asked about a pressing
domestic concern whether the republicans will succeed in repealing and replacing obamacare. >> we think this has a very big chance, but obamacare's only getting worse. it's dysfunctional now. it's totally dysfunctional, and at some point, the senate is going to report and make a deal. they're just about at that point right now because obamacare is so bad. >> later today, the president returns to his golf resort in in other words new jersey. >> a lot going on for him. and there are major developments in the russia probe. special counsel robert miller turning sites on president trump
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. some significant new developments in the russia investigation. today cnn has learned special counsel robert mueller's probe document the of michael flynn and james comey. looking for more details about the meeting the president had with russian officials where he reportedly bragged about firing comey saying quote i just fired the head of the fbi, he was crazy a real nut job. >> white house attorney says the administration cannot comment on its communications with the special council. meantime, into developments with president trump's former
campaign manager paul manafort. "the washington post" rerts he offered to brief a russian billionaire on the election just two weeks before donald trump accepted the no many nation. in an e-mail, manafort writes this. if he needs private briefings, plural, by the way. we can accommodate. the e-mail just one of many that he are being reviewed. >> one of the richest men in russian and they say putden directly talks to 0en a regular basis. paul manafort clearly the focus. hurricane maria strengthened again, now a dangerous category 3 storm. live to the dominican republic and puerto rico next.
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hurricane maria regaining strength back to a category 3 condition right now are deteriorate rating and puerto rico 100% without poir. we have reporters live in san juan and dominican republican. >> and mexico city rush to save a little girl trapped from the earth quake. the death toll rising. >> the senate plans for a vote as early as next week, does that bill have a chance? welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. they have less than 10 days now to remake one sixth of our nation's economy. puerto rico plunged into
darkness and despair. 100% of the island nation now without power this morning. hurricane maria's category 4 winds devastating. one person killed by debris. authorities admitting the number of casualties in some areas unknown. government completely disconnect disconnected. new images from the island of domenica. hurricane maria hitting that it category 5 force. 14eople confirmed dead there. hundreds of homes on the islands flattened. normally lush landscape stripped bare. >> we're now getting a look at what happened in st. croix. president trump declaring a major disaster ordering federal aid. look at the pictures. just utter devastation. let's begin in puerto rico where people are waking up this morning from the national weather service. puerto rico is now completely
under a flash flood warning. if possible, move to higher ground now. cnn's nick valencia is there. live from san juan. an economy, 11 years in recession, it is just the worst possible time for a once in a generation hurricane like this. >>reporter: they haven't seen this in nearly 100 years. the the the hurricane phillipe. certainly not many people remember that storm but this one they probably will. this category 4 hurricane that landed on puerto rico still causing communications problems. those that do have power -- they don't have access. those that have electricity are running or generators. the core of that hurricane has passed over but the outer bands continue to affect us. still getting rained on.
lightning and thunder were heard in the distance about an hour ago and flooding is also a major issue. it w the gover that was very concerned about that after the storm, worry thad that would lead to potentially more debts. we saw first hand yesterday when we ventured out into the elements, roads were bock blocked. we tried to get out of san juan. if it wasn't for the flooding, it was the downed trees, telephone poles and power lines in the road. an incredible amount of resilience here. it was just a few hours after the storm we saw people already out in front of their homes and business the cleaning up debris. we should mention a curfew is in effect, pected to be lifted at 6:00 a. 6:00 a.m. >> it could be a long time before the power to the entire island. hurricane maria also pummeling the eastern dominican
republican. cnn's paulo sandoval on the phone with us from pun ta can in a. >> reporter: dave, stick dark here to very difficult to measure the extent of damage. as you mentioned -- in the dominic dominican republic. we see the winds continue to increase in the last couple hours. category 3 storm. what i can tell you is that there are obviously many people that have been hunkering down for the most part from what we have seen, many people are listening to authorities. they are staying indoors. the hotels are serving as a shelter for us, of the staff called it quits 2:00 p.m.
yesterday afternoon. as for hotel occupancy, initially was at about 20% here with significantly increased. much of that in part due to the tourists. many people hoping to get out late yesterday but only made it as far as the airport. i spoke to one couple trying to make it to philadelphia. they are basically hunkering down in this hotel. another couple that was also at the airport. this is the reality for many people that have been waiting out the storm here, and are hoping to make it home hopefully tomorrow, but at this point, though, christine and dave vg the situation obviously conditions continue to deteriorate. that's not even assessing the flooding potential we could see in the coming days and torrential rain. >> those people also suffered
impacts from irma ahead of maria. thanks. >> this thing is still out there. category 3. the for the latest on the path of maria and potential threat to the eastern united states, lets go to the weather center. >> the storm system isovin to the north and west right now. look at the symmetry and organization oorn organization around the eye. there is very little in the way of cooler waters. heavy rainfall and thunderstorm the being reported across puerto rico.western areas of - the storm system keeps push to go the north and west over the next couple days. the flash flood warning the officials at the national weather service which are not anymore in san juan were
reporting and forecasting the whether from miami's office for san juan. it is tremendous mountains. officials are saying if you can get into higher elevations, do so. the these 13 river gauges, ten of them reporting major flood terms. turks and caicos where water levels to be as much as 10, 11 or 12 feet high. that's remarkable for an island that doesn't have 12 feet to give. the track takes it up towards the eastern coast line. gradual weakening into cooler waters sunday and monday but at that point we could be in a place where jose has been essentially stuck between an area of high pressure. if that's the case the storm could be with us for the next week or so. >> thank you for keeping an eye out for us. ugly looking satellite.
>> now to the other national disaster, mexico following tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earth wake. death toll climbing to 230 with the government declaring three days of mourning. over 50 people have been rescued alive. search teams still digging through the rubble of a collapsed elementary school where at least 21 children last their lives. the latest from ed lavandera in mexico city. >> reporter: the frantic search for survivors here in the heart of mexico city continues. you can see the legion of volunteers that have shown up here on the streets and just surrounding this school bringing all the supplies that those rescue workers just a block away might need to get through the evening. also here moments like this when they urge everything to be quiet so that ferescue workers can he.
>> i was up close to the building. it was amazing just to be that close. really gives you the sense of just what a profound impact and horrific scene is must be for those rescue workers crawling and channeling their way making some sort of path to get to those people they believe are still trapped alive inside of that building. if they can pull somebody out alive, it will be one of the few bright spots in this horrific tragedy that has hit this country of mexico so strongly. a glimmer of hope to pull out a young child from here. this is definitely one of the stories impacting the people of this city and around the world. that search continues. >> allright. you wonder how the rain is pack forring into all of that. a lot of hard work going on. republicans moving full steam ahead on their plan to overhaul obamacare but the bill is already facing speers bipartisan criticism. >> this is like the ping pong game on health care and the
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it's certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every cuble months to keep the leaders from inflicting human suffering on our constituents. >> president obama speaking out there. his signature legislative accomplishment. but majority leader mitch mcconnell ready to bring the measure to the senate floor as early as next week despite pushbacks from colleagues. right now that's right rand paul is no. the senator john mccain, and lisa murkowski expressing concerns. if three of the four vote no, the bill is dead. >> president trump targeting senator paul, the president says quote, rand paul is a friend of
mine, but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing health care. graham/cassidy bill is great. white house is hoping senator graham's close relationship will help get it passed. blue cross blue shield, american medical associations, among the latest groups to reject the bill, the very group that is provide headache and represeand -- check out this comment he said i could maybe give you ten reason why is this bill shouldn't be considered. but republicans campaigned on this so often, that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. that's pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill. cnn's phil mattingly has more from capitol hill. >> reporter: here's what we know
just nine days out now from when senator republicans have to pass a health care bill if they want to do it with a majority vote. they don't have the votes yet. but that doesn't mean they're not optimistic. take a listen to what senator lindsay graham said. >> we're at a point where we're going to take the bill up. to my republican colleagues if you have a better idea -- >> mitch mcconnell wouldn't go that far but he's going have the vote next week. the big question is can they get those snaertenators who are undecided? senator john mccain, always been the same thing. process. senate republicans went out of their way to schedule a hearing for him next week be able to check that box but spoke to mccain on wednesday and he made clear that's not the processes' talking about.
he's talking about hearings, markups, floor action, conference, house having an opportunity to amend this. when it comes to lisa murkowski, all about the data. they want to make sure she knows they're willing to do whatever they can to get her oboard, whatever the state of alaska needs, whether or not they can answer the concerns of those two senators will dictate whether or not there's a vote or whether or not this passes next week. meanwhile, bill cassidy fighting back against talk show host kimmel. he skewered him saying he promised him it would include protections for patients with preexisting conditions. cassidy telling cnn kimmel doesn't get it. >> i'm sorry he does not understand. undergram cassi
under -- states like maine, virginia, florida, missouri, there will be billions more dollars to provide health insurance coverage for those states passed by by obama care. >> kimmel, who has a five-month old son with congenital heart disease refusing to let the matter rest firing back last night. >> i get it. i don't understand because i'm a talk show host. right? is it help me out. which part don't i understand? is it the part you cut millions from federal health care assistance? where states would be allowed to let insurance companies price you out of coverage for having reexisting conditions. maybe i don't understand the part where it disappears completely. maybe it was the part where the plans are no longer requires to pay for essential health care? >> kimmel went on to say there's
no way president trump read the graham/cassidy bill if he's calling it quote great. >> president trump is a j jam-packed schedule today. meeting with leaders. he appearis to be more focused n health care. i would not sign graham/cassidy if it didn't cover preexisting conditions. >> here's the problem. this plan would let states wave several key obamacare. the states could allow people to charge more based on the medical history. here's the latest from jim acosta. >> reporter: president trump has wrapped up his first official visit not united nationss, has dropped hints he's considering with drawing the u.s. from the
iran nuclear deal. he was asked whether the republican the will succeed in the obamacare. >> we think this has a very good chance but obamacare's only getting worse. it's disfunctional now. at some point, the senate is going to be forced to make a deal. they're just about at that point right now because obamacare is so bad. >> later today, the president returns to his golf resort in new jersey where he's likely to keep tabs on health care negotiations up on capit hill. thanks. the graham/cassidy gives states more control over health care but could leave millions of americans paying more, basically it lets stay states choose how they provide health care. the catch, it shrinks federal fund ng and some states will be harder hit than others, particular those participating in medicaid expansion.
20 states would lose up to 60% of their current funding by 2026 and less money means state the will probably cut enrollment to medicare and medicaid or offer fewer benefits. replay of the tapes many industry groups already aoppose this. the including aarp, america cancer society and two major health insurance groups. blue cross blue shield fears it will increase uncertainty. blue cross blue shield disagrees with the president who says this protects anybody with a preexisting condition. they say no, it doesn't. >> well it's interesting, the states that are getting hurt, the states that are getting less money include arizona, maine, this is according to one independent analysis. some of the key states where the senators on the fence come from will do worse under
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price flew on private jets because he hat a quote packed schedule. >> first lady milan in a trump condemning bullying. calling on world leaders to take responsibility for guiding the next generation. >> by our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit. we must remember they are watching and listening. but we must never miss an opportunity to teach lives many lessons along the way. as adults we are not merely responsible. we are accountable. >> the first lady's mission to curb cyber bullying raising a few eyebrows because of her husband aggressive attacks on twitter. >> let's get a check on cnn money stream. global stocks mixed after more records on wall street. because of what happened at the federal reserve. the bank plans to start
unwinding its balance sheet next month and hinted at another rate hike this year. the dow is up more than 13% this year. the but how high could it go? warren buffet predicts is could reach over 100. when it gets there, let's have a party. >> let's do that. i'm in. >> in the wake of huge equifax failure janet yellen has a advise to monitor your credit report. she added sieb er attacks are the most significant threat to the financial sector. you don't have to pay to monitor. you can go to annual credit report.com. by law you should be able to see them once a year. >> cheryl sand berg is disgusted they helped target anti-semitic users.
terms like jew hater in their profiles. the we never intemnded this beig used that way and this is on us. facebook immediately removed the antisubmit ic categories after news outlet discovered it on friday. sanberg add -- that got an awful lot of attention just for how easy it was for really bad characters to be able to manipulate facebook to target their bad content. >> we still need to see some of the things that were used though. >> in the 2016 campaign you can see the anti-semitic stuff. >> all right. "early start" start continues right now. latest on hurricane maria head the towards the dough minute can republic. >> regaining stren pt now back
to a dangerous category 3. conditions deteriorating. puerto rico wakes up 100% without power. we have reporter rs in san juan in punta cana. >> next cocity, a rush to save a little girl trapped under rubble from tuesday's devastating earth wake. that rescue obligation ongoing as the death toll rises to 230. it's a rec.e is a disaster. it's a train rec. and it's only getting worse. >> president trump pushing republicans to overhaul obamacare again as the senate plans for a vote as early as next week. does this bill have a chance? and how many more uninsured americans would b left in its wake? good morning, and welcome to "early start." >> clock's ticking on that one. i'm dave briggs,